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Ms. Neff has devoted her career to civil defense and the advancement of her clients’ rights. She received the prestigious rating of AV Preeminent from her peers under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review system, based upon a finding that she meets the organization’s very high General Ethical Standards and that she practices at the highest level of professional excellence. Ms. Neff’s practice includes the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith issues, unfair claim and trade practice suits, products liability, commercial liability, construction defects, personal injury, property damage, and workers’ compensation. She has tried multiple cases to verdict in both bench trials and jury trials, and her appellate experience is reflected in several New Mexico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court opinions. In 2013, Ms. Neff was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. She was named a Southwest Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year from 2015 through 2019, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state. In 2020, she was named a Super Lawyer for the State of New Mexico in the area of Civil Defense.
In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Neff devotes time to a variety of organizations and publications. Since 2012, she has served on the Editorial Board of Defense News, which is the quarterly publication of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. She has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Defense News since 2014. Ms. Neff was named to the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Bar Association in 2013 and continues to serve the community in that capacity. Ms. Neff has also been an active member of the H. Vearle Payne American Inn of Court.
Ms. Neff believes that mentorship and volunteerism are critical components of a successful and meaningful legal practice. As such, she enjoys mentoring associates both within and outside of the firm. She also helps coordinate the firm’s annual charity drive, which typically aims to address the needs of a different family or cause each year.
A native of Montana, Ms. Neff enjoys hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities in her spare time. She also volunteers for various community organizations and is a Running Buddy for local girls in the 3rd through 8th grades in the Girls on the Run Rio Grande running program.